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Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Socialists," "Racism," And "The American Way": Planning Commissioner Has Hot Takes On Election

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

click to enlarge Mike Antonini
  • Mike Antonini
"Something wonderful is happening in San Francisco," Michael Antonini writes. "Our children and their friends as well as newcomers much like them are now filling neighborhoods that, just a few years ago, were totally undesirable."

Antonini is a West of Twin Peaks dentist who has sat on the city's Planning Commission for 14 years. He has the distinction of being one of the few registered Republicans active in city government — and he is a man of strong opinions, some of which he shared among like-minded voters in a guide to next week's election.

The above celebration of the revitalization of once-dodgy parts of town — Mid-Market is now so nice that even daughters and sons of dentists are comfortable! — is not Antonini's hottest take. Not by far.

Read on for his views on the "socialist left" that's practicing "reverse racism" in the Mission and wants to "destroy industries that attract responsible" people to San Francisco, the city that "gives edgy people from all over the world special treatment under the law."

Reached via his cell phone, Antonini declined to comment to SF Weekly on the record. He did say that his ballot initiative guide, not meant for public dissemination, was written at the behest of friends and political confidantes.

Which means he was speaking his mind freely, to sympathetic minds and ears. 

Here's a sampling of his honest takes, in context.

On Prop. F, the strict short-term rental regulations (he opposes):
*Tech and Airbnb have saved San Francisco.
"Their effect has bought many new residents to San Francisco and helped to provide vitality to many of our neighborhoods that were heretofore economically depressed, unsafe, dirty areas of San Francisco to which few would travel to shop, dine and -much less-live...  The population of the neighborhoods have changed dramatically. "

*Airbnb is better than... brothels?
"It's better to have short term renters sharing homes with owners, even in RH1 and RH2 neighborhoods, than to have multiple families living in a single family home or for such homes to be used for illegal criminal activities, often pretending to be message [sic] establishments."

*Anti-Airbnb-ers are anti-business and anti-responsibility.  
"Many of the opponents of this measure are leftists who want to destroy any industries that attract responsible, independent, politically moderate people to live in San Francisco."

On Prop. E, the measure that would allow members of the public to participate in community meetings from home (he opposes):
*He's anti-lazy.  
"If a member of the public doesn't care enough about an issue to devote a few hours of his or her time to support their cause, why should we let their testimony be read publically [sic] into the record?"

On Prop. I, the Mission market-rate housing moratorium (he vehemently opposes):
*It's racist, pinko, and un-American!
"This measure is the worst proposal I have seen during my over 50 years of following San Francisco elections."

*The pinkos want land empty...
"It really represents a weak attempt at 'land banking' by the City's socialist left. They hope to keep parcels undeveloped and, hence, to drive down prices."
click to enlarge White people, stay out (too late?).
  • White people, stay out (too late?).

*... and they want to keep white people out of the Mission, which must remain brown and poor.
"Measure 'I' is really represents thinly veiled reverse racism. Proponents of the moratorium go so far as to publically [sic] protest the fact that people other than Hispanics are moving into the Mission. They want that district to remain a low income neighborhood which only allows residents and businesses of one ethnic group. This attitude does not represent the American way."
click to enlarge One edgy dude.
  • One edgy dude.

On Prop. K, building affordable housing or homeless centers on surplus city land (he's not down).

*SF gives "edgy people" special treatment.
"Homeless problem will continue as long as San Francisco attracts people with challenges as a result of The City's failure to enforce rules of public behavior and by passing legislation that gives edgy people from all over the world special treatment under the law. "

*If you make money, the city's politicians hate you!
"The truth is that many Supervisors don't want people in San Francisco who can buy or rent market rate units because such people are independent, likely to vote against so called 'progressives,' and are controllable as they are not dependent on The City for benefits, support, or special treatment of any kind."

Antonini's takes were posted on the internet by SFBARF, the pro-development renters' group. 

Supervisor David Campos, the leftist Mission District supervisor who supports the moratorium — and who unsuccessfully tried to remove Antonini from his seat on the Planning Commission in 2012 — was taken aback by Antonini's frankness.

"With all due respect, the more the commissioner says, the more he demonstrates his disrespect for and lack of understanding of the Mission and other communities," Campos said. "The more he says, the more he vindicates my decision to vote against his reappointment."

"Given his disdain for the neighborhood, I don't think he can be impartial," Campos added. "He should recuse himself from voting on any project involving this neighborhood."

Here's the whole shebang, for your viewing pleasure.

San Francisco Planning Commissioner Mike Antonini's 2015 Election Guide

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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